Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51115)

2D Textile, Print and Surface Design

Full Time Course Dates:

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Turn your artworks into digital designs that can be printed on a range of products!

If you dream of spending your time creating beautiful artworks and designs, then a career as a Surface Designer is for you!

Extend your creativity and learn painting and drawing techniques with a range of mediums to enable you to create exciting and unique artworks and designs which can be turned into a range of products. Through learning digital manipulation of your hand created artworks, you can make your art suitable for digital printing on a range of products from homewares, fashion products, gift items and more.

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The Diploma course will prepare you with the skills to create exciting designs created from your paintings and drawings or designed on computer exclusively. You will learn how to create repeat prints, various colourways, coordinating prints, colour separations for printing and product specifications.

This qualification reflects the role of visual artists and combines specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop an emerging arts practice. It focuses on developing skills in 2 dimensional art forms such as drawing, painting, illustration, textile design and digital surface design.

As well, you will develop skills and knowledge of art theory and history and be able to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Some business skills are also covered so that you will be able to realise your dream of becoming a creative arts practitioner.

Your designs can be applied to a range of products, such as:

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  • Paintings
  • Art Prints
  • Cushions
  • Scarves
  • Floor Rugs
  • Towels
  • Bed Linen
  • Gift Cards
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Stationary
  • Phone Cases and Skins
  • Crockery - Mugs, Plates etc
  • T-Shirts
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabrics for interiors (i.e. upholstery, curtains etc)
  • Fabrics for fashion garments, accessories, handbags, shoes etc
  • So much more! The list is endless...

Career Opportunities:

  • Artist
  • Surface Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Product Designer

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: CUA51115

On successful completion of the course, students will receive the nationally recognised CUA51115: Diploma of Visual Arts qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

Beware of other styling courses that state that they provide students with a Diploma, but are not actually giving a nationally recognised qualification. You can check if a course and training provider is accredited by doing a search on the Training.gov.au website: www.training.gov.au

To check our accreditation details click here.


Course Duration:

This course runs over 36 Weeks, 2 days face to face + 1 day online per week

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

March INTAKE 2015

Term 1
9th Mar 15
8th May 15
Term 2
18th May 15
17th Jul 15
Term 3
3rd Aug 15
2nd Oct 15
Term 4
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
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Course Fees

VET FEE-HELP: Study Now, Pay Later

VET FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme which assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The loan allows students to study now and pay later by deferring loan repayments until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold (in 2015-2016 this is $54,126). Once you reach the repayment threshold repayments are made to the Australian Government through the tax system.

If you are eligible for VET FEE-HELP

Students may choose to pay for all or part of their tuition fees upfront for the entire course, academic year or unit of study and/or can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan for all or part of the tuition fees. Course fees are due no later than the census date for each unit of study.

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on census dates and units of study.

If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP or choose not to apply for a VET FEE-HELP assistance:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $16,500.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $1,000.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $15,500.00

Entry Requirements:

To apply for entry to this qualification you will need to attend an interview and produce a body of work, or have successfully completed our Certificate III in Visual Arts qualification.

Body of Work

Provide at least 7 but no more than 10 examples of your original work.

You can submit the work in its original format but it must not exceed A3 size (297mm x 420mm). You can also submit photographs (preferably in 8 x 10 format) or equivalent high quality digital images, in .tiff or .jpg format on a CD, DVD or USB. Photographic images should be used for original installations, performance, large scale or three dimensional works.

Submission format:

When submitting your original work you are required to:

  • Ensure all pages have your name clearly printed across the bottom of the page.
  • Your work should be not greater than A3 in size. Your original work can also be submitted as photographs, digital images on optical disk (CD or DVD) or USB but all work must have your name marked on it.


Your work should indicate creative ability skills and interests in the visual arts. Examples of your work should show a range of technical skills, visual processes and media. You must also demonstrate a variety of approaches to subject matter, themes or concepts.

The criteria to be used in assessing the selection tasks are:

  • Interest in and capacity to apply skills and knowledge in at least one of the visual art disciplines (for example, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, drawing or ceramics)
  • Individuality of expression
  • An ability to experiment
  • An ability to express personal vision
  • An imaginative and innovative application of ideas and concepts
  • Care and skill in the presentation of work presented

All selection criteria apply equally.

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interivew or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will recieve your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with a VET FEE-HELP application form or payment plan forms, whichever is applicable.
  5. You will receive your first VET FEE-HELP invoice notice (for students obtaining a VET FEE-HELP loan) no more than one calendar month before the start of study and at least two weeks before the first census date.

Required Equipment:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • Fabric or product printing costs (varies depending on the items ordered)
  • Student's will require a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Internet Explorer 7 or better (free online)
  • Anti Virus - Students are not permitted to connect to our network without Anti Virus installed.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or better with Word, Excel and Powerpoint.*
  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.*
  • A mouse is required.

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements.

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